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But I Don’t Like to Exercise (whine)!

No kidding, and yes, I’ll take some cheese with my whine. I’ve felt more down and fatigued lately, so of course my therapist suggested I should get more exercise. Eeek. Exercise has been found to be extremely helpful in alleviating depression symptoms and it’s something you can do for yourself.

So why doesn’t walking the dog when the weather is decent count? Not my fault the weather has been crappy. Needless to say that hasn’t helped my mood either (see previous post regarding Melancholy Weather). I’m not the kind of person who enjoys exercise for exercise’s sake. I do like to do things that are purposeful and are outdoors, like biking, walking in the park, etc. I just don’t seem to find the time to do these things consistently and incorporate them as a routine part of my life. I know it should be a “priority” but there just doesn’t seem enough hours in the day.

I do enjoy gardening and when the weather finally breaks will spend many hours out in the yard. That can be an upper and lower body workout! But the key is that I am accomplishing something and I am preoccupied, so I don’t realize I am exercising. I would find walking on a treadmill just excruciating, even with music or tv to occupy my thoughts. Somehow I better find some way to tolerate more exercise (I’m not a group or class type person either) or bad weather. Would love to hear others ideas for making exercise tolerable.

 

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Fatigue, or 5 More Minutes is not Enough

Why is the snooze feature on my cell phone only five minutes long??? How ridiculous. The snooze button on most alarm clocks is at least nine minutes, what were the cell phone people thinking? Depression can make for great physical and mental fatigue. Sometimes you can never get enough sleep. It is an unrelenting tiredness. And it’s difficult to separate the physical feeling from the mental state as well.

Ironically, research has shown that exercise helps with mood and specifically Depression. Yet you have to get past the barrier of fatigue to get to the point of being motivated or engaged in any type of exercise. Sometimes it is hard to just get through the day. Forget about exerting more energy to exercise! Ugh.

So what can I do to get motivated? I am definitely not a morning person, as the opening of this post might indicate. All I want to do when I get home is chill. Not too many hours between arriving home from work and going to bed at a decent time to get enough sleep either. I think that scientists need to forget about creating diet pills, and work on an exercise pill! There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything in! I just keep trying to get my exercise in by walking the dog (I need to do a better job with that).

Meanwhile, if I don’t get enough sleep, I think I’ll be sure to take a nap.